Dennard, Talib active for Patriots

November, 24, 2013
11/24/13
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FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Cornerbacks Alfonzo Dennard and Aqib Talib are active for Sunday's game against the Denver Broncos, which was the most notable news from the team's list of inactive players.

Multiple media reports early in the week had indicated that Dennard (knee) would be out tonight.

PATRIOTS INACTIVES
G Chris Barker
DE Jake Bequette
LB Steve Beauharnais
WR Josh Boyce
DL Marcus Forston
S Steve Gregory
TE Michael Hoomanawanui

ANALYSIS: Steve Gregory, the team's starting safety and primary communicator, will miss his second straight game. He had returned to practice this week but it wasn't enough for him to clear the hurdle of being active. ... Josh Boyce was the primary kickoff returner last week, so his inclusion on the inactive list is a bit of a surprise. LeGarrette Blount will likely handle those duties. ... Otherwise, no major surprises as linebacker Brandon Spikes -- who was downgraded to questionable earlier today (knee) -- is active.

BRONCOS INACTIVES
QB Zac Dysert
RB Ronnie Hillman
CB Champ Bailey
S Michael Huff
C J.D. Walton
G Chris Kuper
TE Julius Thomas

ANALYSIS: The big news is with Julius Thomas (right knee), as he made the trip but just couldn't get over the hump. Joel Dreessen likely will take the majority of his reps. ... Champ Bailey said he would test his left foot on the FieldTurf, but it didn't seem like a reasonable chance that he would play, and that's the way it turned out.

Mike Reiss

ESPN New England Patriots reporter

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